April 2022

Dear friends,

Happy Spring! It’s fantastic to be attending events in person again, and I’ve met many new friends at readings, book clubs and through email. Recently a book club in Denver hosted me in person to discuss Cockeyed Happy and I Zoomed with a lively Tennessee book club who came prepared with a list of excellent questions. I met some new Hemingway fans through email correspondence including a new friend in Italy who happens to be the number one owl expert in the world (more on that below). And I’m looking forward to summer with more book clubs, podcasts and events – including the International Hemingway Society meeting in my hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming.



Clockwise from top left: Queen Elizabeth II strolling the Brinton Museum grounds; Prince escorting contest winner Lisa Barber down Sheridan’s Main Street; Ernest Hemingway surveys his Wyoming catch.

PARIS, VENICE, WYOMING  My hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming, isn’t exactly immune to celebrity – Queen Elizabeth made an official visit in 1984, shopping at King’s Saddlery on Main Street and visiting the Brinton Museum; and in 1986 Prince escorted a motel maid – who had won an MTV contest – to the WYO Theater premier of his film “Under a Cherry Moon,” followed by a musical set performed at Sheridan’s Holiday Inn. And of course, more than half a century earlier, Ernest Hemingway arrived by Model-T in 1928 in search of a quiet place to finish writing A Farewell to Arms. That visit – the opener to my Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline – brings the town into the spotlight again this summer as venue for the 19th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference. An erudite bunch, the Society has held past conferences in such international locales as Paris, Venice and Pamplona. But recognizing Hemingway’s important ties to the American West, the group’s July 17-23, 2022, conference will open at Sheridan College, where I’m honored to have been asked to speak to them the afternoon of July 17. Other Society activities include a keynote by Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire series, and a reading from Hemingway’s “Wine of Wyoming” by A Martinez, a star of TV’s “Longmire.”


ON THE LIST I’m proud to announce that Cockeyed Happy has been selected as a nominee for the 2022 Reading the West Book Awards in the memoir/biography category. Sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, the awards honor “the best fiction, non-fiction and illustrated books for adults and children either set in the region or created by an author or artist living or working in the region.” Listed books are read and reviewed by the individual booksellers, whose votes will create a shortlist of nominees that will open for public voting in May. Other recent Cockeyed Happy acclaim includes a review in Big Sky Journal’s 2022 Fly Fishing issue. “A welcome addition to the seemingly bottomless well of Hemingway studies—one that provides unique insight into the life of the iconic author,” wrote BSJ book reviewer Marc Beaudin. He goes on to say, “In forthright journalistic prose, Worden gives us a Pauline who earns our interest and empathy, and through the lens of her love, gives us a Hemingway who is more vulnerable and knowable than his myth.”


Owl expert, author and Hemingway fan Marco Mastrorilli and some Italian Hemingway from his collection.

MY ITALIAN PEN PAL I received an email from a writer in Italy, Marco Mastrorilli, who had discovered Cockeyed Happy and had ideas about how we might collaborate on Hemingway projects, writing “maybe we can create a bridge between Italy and the USA.” An ornithologist, nature guide and author, Marco has published books dedicated to nature and to owls. His 100% owl YouTube channel called Gufotube has over 1.5 million views, and in 2015 he won the award for best owl expert in the world at the International Festival of Owls. He wrote, “You may be wondering why an ornithologist writes to me? Because I love Hemingway.” Marco discovered Ernest Hemingway about five years ago: “I love his way of writing but also his character, his life, his story ... I think that in the 62 years he lived he has put together so many real life stories that maybe normal people would need 300 years!” Marco began collecting Hemingway’s books and has over 140 editions, mainly in Italian, as well as typewriters of the models used by Hemingway like the 1917 Corona Model 3. Marco and I traded books recently and it was like Christmas morning when I received his box from Italy. I’m proud to say that now Marco has another book written in English for his collection, Cockeyed Happy. I’ve invited Marco to guest-write an upcoming post on my My Hemingway Obsession blog about his recent visit to Fossalta di Piave and the historical landmarks linked to Hemingway’s time there in World War I. Stay tuned!

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Past Newsletters

"Cockeyed Happy" January 2022 Newsletter

Happy 2022! Exactly a century ago, in January 1922, Ernest Hemingway and Hadley, his first wife, moved into their first Paris apartment on Rue du Cardinal Lemoine—and his path as an expat writer in Paris began.

"Cockeyed Happy" Holiday Edition 2021 Newsletter

During this festive season, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude, to new friends and old, for the support you’ve given Cockeyed Happy. In this newsletter, you’ll find some holiday gift ideas and a story about Pauline and Ernest on safari at Christmas, along with a bit of self-promotion (sorry!).

"Cockeyed Happy" November 2021 Newsletter

Thank you for the emails you’ve sent regarding Cockeyed Happy! It has been delightful to hear from old and new friends, and to hear your thoughts and comments about Ernest, Pauline and Wyoming.

"Cockeyed Happy" September 2021 Newsletter

September flew past with the official publication date of Cockeyed Happy on September 14, and the launch parties, book events and media interviews surrounding it.

"Cockeyed Happy" August 2021 Newsletter

The launch of Cockeyed Happy begins this month in Wyoming with a reading near my hometown at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming—where Ernest Hemingway came on his very first visit to Wyoming in 1928.

"Cockeyed Happy" July 2021 Newsletter

This month I’ve been lining up book appearances, the first is just a month away at the Brinton in Big Horn, Wyoming! For a complete schedule of upcoming events visit darlaworden.com. I hope to see you soon.